The Circles film is a brilliant piece of work, really powerful. Thank you so much for all your hard graft on this, and for going the extra mile. The outcome is testament to your ability to quickly create trusting relationships with those featured, really impressive. We’ve had a huge amount of positive feedback from people who saw it.
Jo Burden, CEO, Circles SW
There is no doubt that the effort which Glastonbury put together to preserve a banking presence was the best I have seen during 17 years in the role of voluntary director of the Campaign for Community Banking Services
Derek French, Chairman, Campaign for Community Banking
Beautifully inspiring and informative film-making
I thought the first cut of the film was extremely powerful and beautifully shot. I think the lighting is perfect. It has been a pleasure to work with you, thank you very much.
Hannah Bond - No Women No Peace
As the feedback sheets testify, your talk was a highlight of the weekend and, more than any other part of the event, it gave Friends a real sense of excitement, inspiration and real possibility.
Alistair Fuller, Head of Ministry and Outreach, Friends House, London
With a track record in business advice, photography and film I love helping organisations and businesses overcome the challenges they face in attracting clients, volunteers or new customers. I can develop a marketing strategy for your business or script, film and produce media-rich content for your own website.
I’ve presented a paper at the European Parliament on the technology challenges faced by rural businesses, taught journalists at The Institute of Physics, run filmmaking courses at Millfield School and spoken at the University of Warwick on harnessing the creative capital within communities to effect social change. In the 70s I worked for the BBC and was privileged to worked alongside the Director John Percival on his Iron Age reconstruction: ’Living on the Past’ for BBC2.
I avoided arrest whilst projecting a ‘Save Our Libraries’ campaign film onto the front wall of the British Library at the height of the rush hour and encouraged Michael Eavis (Lab) and James Heappey MP (Con) to stand together and sing a tongue in cheek version of William Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ highlighting the loss of Glastonbury’s banks. Our community run campaign contributed to a Parliamentary Select Committee exploring the impact of rural bank closures. My proudest moment was hearing the Chief Executive of Nationwide Bank, who had closely followed our rather left field media campaign on television, offering our town its very own Nationwide branch. It was a grand day for Glastonbury when it finally opened its doors to serve the community (ironically in the old Lloyds Bank building). Nationwide stated that they would need 350 new accounts to make the bank viable. They received more than 1200 applications.
I‘ve cantered round Glastonbury dressed as a horse (pursued by the Deputy Mayor), written for the International Banker magazine and I’m still taken aback Alan Bennett rang our home to offer us his personal support for our Library campaign film.
I love being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, which gives me the opportunity to meet so many creative individuals in the South West. I currently serve as the Vice Chair of Glastonbury’s Neighbourhood Plan committee. My particular interests are in tree planting, pollination corridors and foraging zones. I’m producing a series of short films on West Country artists, have designed websites for Albion and A Poem for Europe and currently making six short films about local food producers.
Away from dry land I survived a Force 10 during the Fastnet Yacht Race, whilst raising money for a children’s medical charity. I now prefer trees, tea and level horizons. I’m a Quaker at Street Quaker Meeting and active within the Society of Friends.